- The primary focus of this project is to support the existing and expanding grape and wine industries in New York and other states east of the Rocky Mountains, by increasing the abilities of producers and their advisors to manage infectious diseases that limit profitability and preclude sustainable production if not addressed adequately. The project has three primary foci. First, Extension education, synthesizing and intelligibly presenting the information that producers and advisors need to know in order to manage these diseases efficiently, effectively, and economically. Second, applied research (and limited basic research) to provide new information that will serve as the basis for improved management programs for traditional diseases and identify the causes and controls for new diseases as they arise. And third, undergraduate and graduate education at Cornell's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, to train the next generation of vineyard managers and their advisors.